Ann Krinitsky, Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra Director
Ann Krinitsky directs the Marin Symphony Youth Performance programs and the Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School. She also conducts Family Concerts with the Marin Symphony.
A frequent guest conductor with the Honolulu and Hawaii Symphony Orchestras, Ms. Krinitsky has led concerts on Oahu as well as on tour to the neighbor islands of Hawaii and Kauai. She performed for a crowd of 40,000 at Ala Moana Beach Park as part of the Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony. She regularly conducts Ballet Hawaii’s Nutcracker and has enjoyed numerous collaborations with Chamber Music Hawaii and the Onium Ballet Project. She has also appeared as guest conductor with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival String Orchestra and the Maui Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
In the Bay Area, her posts have included Director of Orchestras at Stanford University; Music Director of the Nova Vista Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Berkeley Youth and Community Women’s Orchestras; Conductor of the Acalanes Chamber Orchestra; and Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Mozart Ensemble. She has guest conducted the Women’s Philharmonic, the Camellia Symphony, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Marin Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. and appeared as Conductor of the Chautauqua Summer Camp Orchestra in western New York state. She has also served on the faculty at Laney College in Oakland.
Graduating with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with Michael Senturia, Ms. Krinitsky completed three summers of study with Harold Farberman and various visiting artists at the Conductors’ Institute at Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. In 1993 she was invited to participate in the American Composer-Conductor Program, designed to allow five conductors and five composers exchange knowledge and expertise.
Ms. Krinitsky received the 2000-01 JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award. Given by The Women’s Philharmonic and funded by the Stein Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, the award and accompanying prize money recognize women actively pursuing careers as conductors.
Ms. Krinitsky’s experience playing saxophone and jazz piano has kept her well versed in popular as well as classical music. In 1992 she was Musical Director for New Girl in Town, a 1957 Broadway musical presented at the Masquers’ Playhouse in Point Richmond. In addition to her conducting duties, she has performed nationally as a violinist and is a published music transcriber, arranger and copyist. She serves as guest conductor and adjudicator at various festivals and competitions. She is married to conductor and timpanist Stuart Chafetz.
Anne Lerner-Wright, Crescendo Orchestra Music Director
Crescendo Orchestra Music Director, Anne Lerner-Wright, studied conducting at Northwestern University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music as a cello performance major. Before Northwestern, Anne studied Spanish Literature at Bryn Mawr College and in Madrid. She has been performing as a cellist in the Bay Area since 1989, when she moved from her native Chicago to study with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory, where she earned a Master of Music in Cello Performance. Anne has performed with many Bay Area orchestras and is a sought-after chamber musician and performer of contemporary music. An equally important part of Anne’s musical life is music education. Having just finished an eleven year tenure as a music teacher at San Rafael High, Anne is focusing her teaching energy on conducting Crescendo Orchestra, teaching private cello lessons and working with Enriching Lives Through Music, an El Sistema-inspired program that serves San Rafael’s Canal community. She is also on the faculty of the Marin Community Music School as a cello teacher and chamber music coach. Besides performing as a conductor and cellist, Anne also has a passion for singing and participated in the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute where she performed the role of the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Andrei Gorchov, Assistant Conductor and Youth Programs Administrator
Andrei Gorchov was born in Marin County, CA, where he attended Redwood High School and began playing the flute at age 8. He has been a soloist and an orchestral musician with the Marin Symphony and is an alumnus of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. After receiving a degree in flute performance from San Francisco State University, Andrei has pursued a career in conducting which has led him from the Oakland Youth Orchestra to Tanglewood. As a choral conductor, Andrei has taught at SingersMarin and at Redwood High School. As an orchestral conductor, Andrei has studied with Michael Morgan and has been the associate conductor for the Oakland Youth Orchestra, which included a tour to Greece in 2006. Andrei is deeply involved in and committed to the value of youth music and education in Marin County and currently holds a studio of over 40 young flutists.
Marin Symphony Youth Programs
c/o The Marin Symphony
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 409c
San Rafael, CA 94903